If you want to become a voice-over (VO) artist, chances are you’ve been researching the basics, such as: how to get into voice acting; where to find voice acting classes; or simply how to be a good voice-over artist. Sound like you?
Some of the fundamental skills of a VO artist include: developing a unique, easily distinguishable voice; sounding credible; and fostering a pitch and tone that is easy on the ear. In addition, your rhythm should be calm and measured, without rushing, your reading flow steady, with crystal-clear pronunciation, and a confident delivery. Certain projects may require many hours of recording, like audiobooks, documentaries, or biographies, and these require a high degree of stamina and patience – which are specific qualities you develop through regular training and years of experience.
The demand for VO artists is high, as there are so many types of industries that require professionals to voice their videos. Each of these industries requires the voice actor to use distinct tones.
One of the most recognized VO styles is a fully-voiced reading that contains several characters (In a conversational style). Many clients want to save time, energy, and money and look for VO artists that are versatile enough to play multiple characters.
By using different voices, tones, alternating inflections, resonance, and by adding a unique spin on each character, a VO artist can bring to life distinct voices. To do so, you will need to train your voice to transform into separate personalities.
As a full-time non-union voiceover artist with more than 20 years of experience in the voice acting and live theatre spheres, I can tell you that every aspiring voice actor should practice using multiple types of voice-over styles or tones, together and by themselves. This will broaden your ability to tell an effective story and help you adapt to the various industries you will work for. Being able to evoke a range of emotions is crucial to bringing characters to life. Explore how to start voice acting by studying the following six types of styles.
A key element to good voice acting is mastering different voice-over tones. Getting into voice acting requires a commitment to regular voice acting training. Practice makes perfect, so the more dedicated you are to honing your craft, the better your chances in the industry will be.
By rehearsing these contrasting tones, individually and together, you develop the skills and techniques needed for various types of voice acting and acquire the versatility and confidence to excel as a voice-over artist.
To learn more about voice acting or learn from my over two decades in the industry, check out my coaching services here: https://www.avosjourney.com/1-on-1-voice-over-coaching